fa·​tal·​ism | \ ˈfā-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce fatalism (audio) \

Definition of fatalism

: a doctrine that events are fixed in advance so that human beings are powerless to change them also : a belief in or attitude determined by this doctrine fatalism that regards social problems as simply inevitable

Other Words from fatalism

fatalist \ ˈfā-​tə-​list How to pronounce fatalism (audio) \ noun
fatalistic \ ˌfā-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce fatalism (audio) \ adjective
fatalistically \ ˌfā-​tə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce fatalism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of fatalism in a Sentence

Many people seem to have developed a sense of fatalism about the war.
Recent Examples on the Web And there are other conflicting traits, too: nostalgia and fatalism, irony and melancholy, harsh skepticism and a longing for miracles, charm and aggression, metropolitan dandyism and an attachment to a simple, peasant, rural world. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, 21 Sep. 2022 The gap may also be related to the stigma and fatalism around lung cancer, as patients often think they will be blamed for having the disease and will not survive anyway. Simar Bajaj, Scientific American, 6 Sep. 2022 Superstition, like fatalism, is big in Odesa, which has seen enough upheaval to suspect that mystical forces must be at work. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 There is frustration and fatalism and no small amount of cynicism. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 25 May 2022 But with dreamlike fatalism, the story returns to nocturnal urban streets. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2022 Mexican culture is known the world round for fetishizing death—I’m not the first tourist to come home with a refrigerator magnet showing a human skull adorned with brightly colored flowers—but don’t confuse fascination with fatalism. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 The pandemic has gone on for two long years, turning tragedy into routine and breeding fatalism from failure. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2022 The Afghan women saw the war with the fatalism of hard experience. George Packer, The Atlantic, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fatalism

1678, in the meaning defined above

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“Fatalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatalism. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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